I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, I capture the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.
Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.
One of my textile paintings Reforestation is on exhibition in Art Quilt Australia 2021 at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale Victoria from 7 August to 31 October 2021.
Join Brenda for 3-hour live, interactive workshops optimised for the Zoom platform. These classes are standalone or you can pick and choose your own series.
In addition, the four module Abstraction in Action workshop runs from 5-8am 25/26 August, 9 and 30 September
Check out the Global Quilt Connection which showcases teachers from around the world available for virtual workshops, on-demand classes and presentations.
Brenda Gael Smith
Contemporary Textile Art
PO Box 4033, Copacabana
NSW 2251 Australia
Tel: +61 412530190
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12 June until 3 July 2021: Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
4 – 25 June 2021: Bainz Gallery Wangaratta, Victoria